Reflection Lake in the Mt. Rainier National Park

Reflection Lake in Mt. Rainier NP

Last month, I got a really good deal! I purchased a Lifetime Pass to any National Park in our nation. And I only had to invest ten bucks. What a deal!. It’s normally a twenty-five dollar entry fee per car into each individual park. What’s the catch, you ask? You just have to be mature like me. At least age 62.


Sol Duc Falls, Olympia NP

But more importantly, 100 years ago today, August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service, a new federal bureau responsible for protecting the then existing 35 national parks and monuments, as well as those yet to be established. On this Centennial Celebration of our national parks in the United States of America, there are now 397 of these unique national treasures, comprised of nearly 52 million acres of land.

While visiting the Olympic and Mt. Rainier National Parks last month near where I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, I was once again overwhelmed by the beauty of our country. I felt fortunate to experience and photograph these wonderful natural places that have been saved for all of us to enjoy. My wife and I’ve visited many of these “crown jewels” that visionaries like President Wilson, President Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir and Stephen T. Mather preserved. These forward-thinking leaders created these places “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” Their consideration for the environment and for future generations have given me and millions more the pleasure of seeing portions of our country as pristine, unchanged and unspoiled as they were long ago. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Hoh Rain Forest, Olympia NP

Hoh Rain Forest, Olympia NP

On this memorable day, I’m challenged to also be a forward-thinking leader. I must examine myself. Am I just thinking about myself? Do I only plan for today or even for just my lifetime? Am I setting up the next generations for blessing and success? Am I investing my life to leave the world around me a better place or am I just a consumer, taking all I can get? Will my grandchildren have more to enjoy or less to enjoy because of my decisions today? On this Centennial day, I invite you to join me with this honest inward look.

QUESTION: What are the intentional ways you are attempting to be a forward-thinker? I’d love hear from you in the comment section below.

For More Naturescapes by Dennis from additional National Parks,


9 responses to Forward-Thinking Leaders

  1. Dennis Gingerich on August 25, 2016 at 2:11 PM Reply

    That’s my intent, Robin, to inspire to transformissional living!

  2. julia wasson on August 25, 2016 at 1:40 PM Reply

    Living wisely, managing finances well so my children will receive a blessing whenever my time on earth comes to an end.

  3. Michwel Doherty on August 25, 2016 at 9:05 AM Reply

    My husband Ed Doherty and I made a strong effort to visit every Narional Park in USA We did that with the exception of Glacier Park due to his heallth and this was the exception Our Narional parks have a heavy visitation from foreign tourists and low attendance from our citizens I always recommwnd see yourcountry first.Itsbeauty is overwhelming MichelDoherty

    • Dennis Gingerich on August 25, 2016 at 2:15 PM Reply

      Thanks Michel! My wife and Linda have been to a large number of the National Parks but we haven’t hit them all yet. Glacier is a beauty! Go to my GingerichPhotoArt photography website at the link at the very bottom of the blog above. I have multiple pictures from Glacier in the latest releases gallery. I spent 5 days there on a photography workshop with a professional photographer two years ago.

  4. Robin on August 25, 2016 at 7:59 AM Reply

    That’s a good question – sadly I’m not sure I can answer it without really thinking. I wish it came a little easier but I’m glad you asked it…. Something I really need to self examine!!! Thank you?

  5. hnmiller on August 25, 2016 at 7:55 AM Reply

    I always enjoy these Dennis!
    A heads up: On the email version (which I just read) there was a download arrow on the picture of you & Linda, so I clicked on it, wanting to see my friends better (and the beautiful setting!). But it only gave the thumbnail (300×199 pixels). Guessing you didn’t intend that.
    Bless you!

    • Dennis Gingerich on August 25, 2016 at 2:10 PM Reply

      Thanks Harold. On the pictures I put up today, I didn’t have the full resolution picture uploaded. Plus, I didn’t have that one up on my photography website so I didn’t link it to the full res picture on my website as I sometimes do. I’m going to be uploading some of the Mt. Rainier photos to my website as well. Thanks for letting me know.

  6. Sam Augsburger on August 25, 2016 at 6:19 AM Reply

    Thank you for the reminder: my life is not about me.

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